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Lincoln Home National Historic Site Historical Markers

Markers along 8th Street at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL.
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
Allen Miller House
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Allen Miller House
Allen and Clarissa Miller had their house built shortly after purchasing this double lot in 1855 for $650. They and their three young children shared the house with Clarissa's brother, James Keys, and his wife. At the time, Miller was a prosperous . . . — Map (db m48368) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Charles Arnold House
This was the Arnold residence from 1850 to the 1870's. A political ally of Abraham Lincoln, Arnold was twice elected County Sheriff on the Whig ticket during the years he was Lincoln's neighbor. — Map (db m48455) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Charles Corneau House
This was the residence of Lincoln's friend, Charles Corneau, a Springfield druggist. Historic records show that the Lincoln family purchased such items as "Cough Candy," "Castor Oil," and "Hair Balsam" at the Corneau and Diller drugstore. Like . . . — Map (db m48365) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Daily Life in 1860
These green lawns and groomed streets were once far noisier, messier, and smellier than they are today. many residents of Springfield kept horses, cows, and chickens on their property. They also tended gardens, washed laundry, hauled water, and . . . — Map (db m48541) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield
In Abraham Lincoln's time, many residents of Springfield came from someplace else, whether a state or an ocean away. Southerners, northerners, and European immigrants came here to improve their lot in life, much as Lincoln had in 1837. Springfield's . . . — Map (db m48452) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — George W. Shutt House
In 1860, this house was rented to young lawyer George Shutt and his family. Unlike most of Lincoln's politically active neighbors, Shutt supported Stephen A. Douglas in his campaign against Lincoln for the Presidency in 1860. — Map (db m48371) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Harriett Dean House
In 1838, Abraham Lincoln purchased two lots in this block for $300. Twelve years later, he sold a half lot to Harriet Dean for $125.00 Mrs. Dean purchased an adjacent lot from someone else and had a house built, thus becoming a neighbor of the . . . — Map (db m48539) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Henson Lyon House
This was the residence of Henson Lyon in 1860. the census of that year identified him as a farmer and the owner of $12,000 in real estate, and $3,000 in personal property, indicating that he was comparatively wealthy. — Map (db m48458) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Henson Robinson House
During the 1860's, this was the residence of Henson Robinson, a partner in a Springfield business concern that sold stoves, furnaces, and tinware. Robinson's company had a contract to manufacture tin cups and plates for soldiers during the Civil War. — Map (db m48449) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Jesse K. Dubois House
This was the home of Jesse K. Dubois and his family from 1859 to 1864. Dubois was the Illinois State Auditor, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln and his most important political ally in this neighborhood. One of the Dubois sons was named after . . . — Map (db m48370) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Julia Sprigg House
Mrs. Sprigg, a widow, purchased this house in 1853 and used it as a residence for herself and her children until 1869.

She became close friends with her neighbor, Mrs. Lincoln; Mrs. Sprigg's daughter often babysat for the younger Lincoln boys. — Map (db m48366) HM

Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is part of the National Park System, one of more than 390 parks that are important examples of our nation's heritage. This unit of the National Park Service preserves the home of the nation's 16th president, . . . — Map (db m48372) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine
Lincoln understood the importance of making his image available for the presidential campaign. Springfield photographer Preston Butler captured several likenesses of Lincoln during the 1860 election.

Lower Left Ambrotype of Abraham . . . — Map (db m48317) HM

Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Mary Lincoln's Circle of Friends
Mary Lincoln formed lasting friendships with women in her neighborhood, including Julia Sprigg and Hanna Shearer, and exchanged a lively correspondence with many out-of-town relatives and friends.

Julia Sprigg lived in the house behind you and was . . . — Map (db m48367) HM

Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Politics in the Neighborhood
Just Imagine! On August 8, 1860, an exuberant political rally parade passed by the Lincoln home, including: 180 train cars of Lincoln supporters 28 oxen pulling a mammoth wagon 21 Wide Awake Clubs (groups of young pro-Lincoln men) 10 decorated . . . — Map (db m48369) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Sarah Cook House
During 1860, this house was rented to Mrs. Cook, a widow, who let rooms to help provide support for herself and her children. In 1855, a Springfield newspaper carried an advertisement for Mrs. Cook's photographic studio, with its "splendid Camera, . . . — Map (db m48453) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Solomon Allen Barn
Allen, a gunsmith, owned and lived in a house on this property during the 1850's and '60's. His barn is the only outbuilding from the Lincoln period that still exists in the Historic Site. Many of Lincoln's neighbors kept livestock in barns such as . . . — Map (db m48448) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — The Underground Railroad in Lincoln's Neighborhood
The Underground Railroad refers to the efforts of enslaved African Americans to gain their freedom by escaping bondage. Acts of self-emancipation made runaways "fugitives" according to the laws of the time. While most began and completed their . . . — Map (db m48450) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — What Did Abraham Lincoln Eat?
Today many people refer to gardening as a hobby, but in the mid-19th Century many families depended on a kitchen garden to enrich their diets with seasonal foods such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. This recreated 19th Century kitchen garden . . . — Map (db m48540) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — William Beedle House
Beedle, a railroad fireman rented this house. Mrs. Ann Walters, a widow, owned this property as well as a two-story frame house which stood on the two lots immediately to the right. Mrs. Walters used the rent as income to help support herself, her . . . — Map (db m48456) HM

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